Hawaii fines US Navy for unauthorized sewage release
The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday it has fined the U.S. Navy $8.8 million for repeatedly discharging untreated or partially treated sewage into state waters from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The department said in a news release that it recorded 766 counts of the Navy discharging pollutants in excess of limits established by a permit.
The department said, the pollutants were released between January 2020 and July 2022 from the Hawaii Wastewater Treatment Pant operated by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
The agency also found 212 counts of operation and maintenance failures.